#LiberateSURHUL Why we need Liberation Officers at SURHUL What are Liberation Officers? Liberation Officers would be 4 new Executive Officers in the Students’ Union whose job would be to represent 4 different marginalised groups. The Executive Committee is a level below the Sabbatical Officers, made up of part time student officers (e.g. Academic Affairs). It would be in accordance with the National Union of Students' 4 liberation campaigns: women; ethnic minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and people who have other minority sexualities or gender identities (LGBT+); and disabled students. Their introduction would replace the existing Equality and Liberation officer. We feel that having “rep” positions on the Inclusion & Representation Senate is not enough. Not enough people know about these roles, and, as a consequence, not enough people know about the issues that these marginalised groups face. We therefore want to promote these roles to the level of Executive Officers, so that there is greater awareness of, and greater emphasis on fighting, discrimination. In turn, it would elevate them to the position they deserve – at the top of the organization. We need the importance of liberation to be reflected by its position in the SU hierarchy. This will allow every decision made by the Executive Committee to be scrutinized from the position of each liberation group, putting liberation at the forefront of what SURHUL does. We currently have positions on the executive committee for Postgraduate Students Officer and International Students Officer, because we recognise that these two groups face unique issues that other groups do not. The same is the case for the 4 groups mentioned here.